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USC Alum Receives Soaring Spirit Award

USC Alum Receives Soaring Spirit Award
Sourena Vasseghi

Sourena Vasseghi, a USC Marshall alumnus, award-winning author, businessman and motivational speaker with severe cerebral palsy will receive Looking Beyond’s Soaring Spirit Award at the Beverly Hills Hotel on March 16.

The annual fundraiser and luncheon – “A Day of Inspiration With Sourena Vasseghi” – will be from noon to 2 p.m., preceded by a silent auction at 10 a.m.

The Soaring Spirit Award is presented annually by Looking Beyond – a nonprofit organization dedicated to the awareness and enrichment of the lives of children with special needs – to individuals who have broken through personal barriers, thus opening doors for others and serving as an inspiration to all.

“I am honored to be a source of inspiration for people with disabilities,” Vasseghi said. “I hope my work can pave a new path for others that come after me.”

Upon graduating from USC in May 2001, Vasseghi opened his own marketing firm. Inspired by countless requests to share his insight on living with adversity, he wrote the top-selling book Love Your Life and It Will Love You Back, garnering the Indie Excellence Award for Best Business Book of 2008.

Despite a prevalent speech impediment, Vasseghi began speaking to audiences nationwide with the guide of his translator and partner, Rich Finley, propelling himself into a career of sharing a message of limitless possibilities in any personal or professional situation with their humor, passion and trademark wit.

James G. Ellis, dean of USC Marshall School of Business, noted about his former student, “He is a total inspiration to everyone with whom he comes in contact as he has the ability to connect the dots of life. We are so proud that he is part of our Marshall family.”

Vasseghi has been featured on NBC, ESPN, has made numerous television and radio appearances, and has been triumphed in the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Business Journal. He was recently given Westlake Today Magazine’s inaugural Man of the Year Award for his spirit and ongoing efforts to bettering the lives of others through his passion and uplifting humor.

He also is the spokesman for the Convalescent Aid Society of Pasadena, Calif., and a contributing author to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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